By Matthew McKibben | April 25, 2014
Variety is reporting that newcomer Ray Fisher has signed onto Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel sequel as Cyborg, also known as Victor Stone. For those keeping count, the characters confirmed for Man of Steel 2 (or Batman vs Superman, as it’s commonly referred) are as follows: Superman (Henry Cavill), Batman (Ben Affleck), Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), Lex Luthor (Jesse Eisenberg), and now Cyborg (Ray Fisher), along with any recurring characters in Batman and Superman’s universe Perry White (Laurence Fishburne), Alfred (Jeremy Irons) and Lois Lane (Amy Adams). That’s not too shabby a line-up, if you ask me. I wonder how many more characters are still to come and in what capacity they’ll be used.
For those who are unfamiliar with Cyborg (as most are), Victor Stone is the son of two S.T.A.R. Labs (easter egged in Man of Steel via Richard Schiff’s Professor Hamilton) employees. After a trans-dimensional creature nearly kills Victor, his parents keep him alive by rebuilding his broken parts using cybernetic technology and thus becoming the ROBOCOP-like “not fully human, not fully robot” Cyborg. As the parent of two small children, I largely know of Cyborg from his appearances as a regular on the animated Cartoon Network show, Teen Titans (surprisingly funny, watch it). You can read more about him on Wikipedia.
Ray Fisher is a complete unknown to me, although he’s known among theater goers for playing a young Muhammad Alil (as Cassius Clay) in the off-Broadway play Fetch Clay, Make Man. He is also one of the actors who has shown up in numerous articles linking him to JJ Abrams’ upcoming Star Wars Episode VII (it still feels weird to type that).
There has been quite a bit of fan noise about just how crowded a movie this is going to be, especially by way of introducing new characters — an unforeseen Wonder Woman and Cyborg, but also via “new” versions of Lex Luthor and Batman. Many of the types of Marvel fans who take a kind of schadenfreude-like glee in DC’s doom are already declaring the movie a trainwreck and overstuffed, while other, more reasoned fans are excited, albeit worried that perhaps DC and Warner Bros. are trying to do too much here in the Man of Steel follow up.
I fall somewhere in the middle. They’re going pretty big here and the movie does seem to be busting at the seams a bit. I admire the audacity, though. I have a feeling that this isn’t going to be a movie in which it’s Batman and Superman AND WONDER WOMAN AND CYBORG!!!! Although we know very little, if I had to guess, Cyborg, Wonder Woman, and (probably) the Flash will just make cameo-style appearances. But, then again, there are also numerous rumors floating around that the length of the script is long enough for two movies, so maybe they’re doing two-at-once and we’ll be getting more than we expect with these secondary characters.While I wasn’t the biggest fan of Snyder’s Watchmen, I do think he handled the juggling of the story’s multiple larger than life characters rather well. So, I think he has it in him to do all these characters and to do them well.
Since cameras are already rolling on the Man of Steel follow up, I have a feeling that we’ll be seeing numerous casting announcements in the next few weeks. Will there be more villains joining Jesse Eisenberg’s Lex Luthor? Will S.T.A.R. Labs be a subsidiary of LexCorp? There are rumors that there are two Batman costumes, his typical tactical get-up and a more mechanized suit that he’ll (probably) wear while fighting Superman… will that mechanized suit be a product of S.T.A.R. Labs or his own Wayne Enterprises? Stay tuned… same bat time, same bat channel.
Zack Snyder is directing from a script by David S. Goyer, based on a story by Goyer and Snyder. Production is currently under way in Michigan. The untitled Batman-Superman feature opens May 6, 2016.